What we want
Republicans ask, “What do Democrats want for the country?” As a Democrat, let me respond.
Democrats want legislation that guarantees clean air and water, equal pay for equal work and a minimum wage that will allow a full-time worker to buy the necessities of life.
Gun control that will help keep everyone safe, a tax program that helps the middle class long term and sensible immigration reform, including keeping the promises made to DACA recipients.
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Racial justice, pro-life policies that protect women’s rights over their own reproductive health and adequate and affordable health care for all — born and unborn.
High-quality education and a criminal justice system that treats all offenders fairly, holding out the possibility of rehabilitation, not only punishment for punishment’s sake.
A foreign policy that has at its center negotiation, not bellicose positions that only breed more violence.
That is just a short list. Basically, Democrats would like policies that honor the Constitution and the Golden Rule.
Hope Hicks is yet another senior person to leave the federal government — willingly or not — under President Donald Trump’s watch. Alarming. (March 1, 10A, “Hicks resigning as White House communications director”)
I can’t help but wonder what they know that we don’t. It gives the impression of rats jumping from a sinking ship.
Is it the persistent Russian cloud hanging over Trump’s head? Is it the unworkable, chaotic conditions of his administration? Or are they concerned about their careers once they leave the White House with the scarlet letter “T” branded on them?
Regardless, they are dropping like flies, and another one bites the dust.
Food for thought
It might be beneficial for all of us to read the book “How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. It is a multinational study of how democracies thrive (or don’t), with particular emphasis on the multitude of factors pertinent to the United States.
As we are a nation that strives to have a multi-ethnic democracy, and we will soon have no one ethnic group that is dominant. We are very polarized, so it is helpful for citizens to learn what we must do for our democracy to flourish.
It is clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants us to stay polarized. And President Donald Trump is not the one who started this division.
But the reality is that we citizens must be informed on how to reverse it to help rescue our unique democratic experiment. Reading this book is a good starting point.
Get a butter knife
Larry Swickard has the gall to describe flyswatters, umbrellas, coat hangers and even stale cornbread as assault weapons? (March 1, 13A, “Identify potential shooters and arm people in schools”)
I certainly hope that if I am ever attacked, my assailant chooses one of these “weapons.” Larry obviously never had my grandmother’s cornbread. That’s an attack weapon I could certainly get around.
His idea of arming people in schools is absurd. Does he not understand the word “crossfire”?
I’m glad I never was in a class he taught.
As a firearms retailer, I reflect every time I am exposed to violence perpetrated with the tools of my trade. I look in the mirror first when an unstable person takes life anywhere — especially in a school full of children.
I also look in the mirror when clients thank me for what we do, when families enjoy our facilities and when our trainers educate students.
We are on the front lines, preserving freedoms taken for granted — freedoms some want to negotiate or forfeit. Neither I nor my store, Frontier Justice, will barter the freedoms our country guarantees. “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods may barter their freedoms, but we will not.
I will look in the mirror and remember not, nor take responsibility for, those who misuse the tool of my trade. I will educate generations to understand that we can talk, pray and remain free only because of the gun on my belt — or, more importantly, the rifle that stands ready — to protect from all, foreign or domestic, who oppose our freedoms.
Frontier Justice will not compromise our freedoms nor the Second Amendment.
CEO, Frontier Justice